Echo Arena Liverpool has commissioned a song and short film to celebrate 10 years since it opened its doors.
Singer-songwriter Katy Alex and songwriter Cameron Warren have written and performed an original song entitled ‘Home’ to celebrate the decade anniversary for the entertainment venue, part of the ACC Liverpool campus.
Katy is a graduate of Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) and secured support from Liverpool’s International Music Festival (LIMF), joining their talent development programme ‘LIMF Academy’. In 2015 she scooped the top prize at the Merseyrail Sound Station competition.
Home accompanies footage, filmed by Liverpool-based and BAFTA nominated Hurricane Films, which captures the excitement and emotion of a crowd enjoying a variety of arena events.
Michelle Kemp, assistant director - marketing at ACC Liverpool, said: “We really wanted to celebrate the arena and the people it belongs to, with the footage focusing on the audience having the time of their lives and the emotion and experience of an event night, all from the audience perspective.
“We commissioned Hurricane Films to capture this during arena events and Katy and Cameron to write and perform a song to accompany the edit. Everyone involved in the project has exciting credits to their names and an emotional connection with the city’s arena and creative music sector. We are thrilled with the result which we feel perfectly reflects our creative route of 10 years of us and you.”
Echo Arena launched its year-long celebrations with ‘Celebrating Sgt Pepper: Live’ in January – a collaboration between the award-winning Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the nation’s premier Beatle group The Bootleg Beatles – which marked a decade since the venue hosted the opening ceremony for Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture. The video and song will be shared today (Thurs March 8th) via social media as Echo Arena looks ahead to an exciting programme of events to reflect its milestone year, including John Bishop, Cirque du Soleil Ovo, Katy Perry, Roger Waters, Def Leppard and Kylie.
Echo Arena has hosted around 1,200 performances since it opened and entertainment highlights have included the European MTV Awards, the Davis Cup, Sir Paul McCartney, the MOBO Awards and BBC Sports Personality of the Year which returned for the second time in December 2017.
The venue has welcomed 5.4 million visitors since opening and the ACC Liverpool campus, also home to BT Convention Centre and Exhibition Centre Liverpool, has generated £1.45 billion in economic benefit for the city region.
The complex has continued to expand with the opening of Exhibition Centre Liverpool in 2015 which, when transformed into Space by Echo Arena Liverpool, allows it to double the campus’ floor capacity for live events for up to 7,000 people. The additional venue also hosts major sporting events such as the Boccia International Sports Federation 2018 World Championships and the British Transplant Games. Netball World Cup takes place across the campus next year.
Mayor Joe Anderson added: “Echo Arena Liverpool has been one of the city’s most incredible success stories of the last decade. It is firmly established as a much-loved venue and is now part of the fabric of the city, bringing the world’s biggest artists to Liverpool - a UNESCO City of Music.
“It is not just a building – it is an integral part of the city region economy, supporting thousands of jobs and playing a key role in raising Liverpool’s profile, regionally, nationally and internationally.”